Dirty Dining: Kentucky Fried Chicken temporarily closed after live roaches seen in the kitchen

Posted at 10:59 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 07:19:12-04

On-the-bone chicken pieces seasoned with Colonel Sanders' 'Original Recipe' may have had some extra ingredients put in after inspectors found live roaches crawling near their food.

Our ABC Action News I-Team uncovering that state inspectors shut down the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3102 E. College Avenue on Friday September 23 after seeing 18 live and dead roaches near the prep table, ice machine, hot holding units, fountain machine.

They also found roach droppings on a hole in the wall behind the prep table in this Ruskin KFC location.  

In addition, other violations documented include:  Salad at 47-degrees in the reach-in cooler when it should be at 41-degrees or colder, employees not washing their hands, equipment in poor repair and floor tiles cracked, broken or in disrepair.  

KFC Statement:

Following the health inspection on Friday, the restaurant repaired structural issues, and underwent cleaning, as well as inspection and treatment from a licensed pest control provider. The restaurant was given permission from the health department to reopen on Saturday morning. All of our restaurants are required to follow strict operating standards, and we will continue to work with the franchisee who owns this location to be sure it meets those standards going forward.

Lori Eberenz

KFC Spokesperson